Russell Davies on Artie Shaw.

It’s not often one can say that one is looking foward to the repeat of a TV programme, let alone say that one looks forward to its being repeated twice, but I can say witout any hesitation that these are two repeats  of a  of a single programme that I’m actually looking forward to with some eagerness.

Radio Times

Artie Shaw: Quest for Perfection

Saturday 20 December
11:30pm – 12:30am
BBC4

Sunday 21 December
2:45am – 3:50am
BBC4

Russell Davies looks at the life and music of composer and clarinettist Artie Shaw, charting his achievements with previously unseen footage and musical clips from the 1930s and ’40s.

Presenter Russell Davies, who is interviewed  here about the programme, well understands that Shaw the man could be a bit prickly, and therefore not everyone’s cup, but he also understands that Shaw was a consummate musician who for a decade or so was peerless.

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